Colin Murchie

Senior Director, Customer Energy Services

Expert Topics:

  • Solar Energy Policy
  • Solar and Energy Markets

Colin Murchie helps corporate and institutional customers navigate the wholesale markets to obtain utility-scale solar resources. Additionally, he lends his solar policy expertise to the due diligence process.

Mr. Murchie’s solar industry experience dates to 2002. As a Director, Policy and Electricity Markets, with SolarCity Corporation, he led the company’s state-level advocacy work in a number of East Coast markets during a period of unprecedented progress in developing new solar markets. He also served as a resource to the company’s commercial sales team, performing diligence and advisory work on new and emerging solar programs nationwide, and elucidating business models for greater integration into the retail electricity markets. At SolarCity, he worked as a team that closed that developer’s innovative $124M sales and tax equity partnership with Direct Energy, developed the company’s new markets expansion strategies, and originated and managed a portfolio of solar renewable energy credit contracts worth more than $20 million.

Previously, with SunEdison and the national Solar Energy Industries Association, he led pioneering work on what are now some of the fundamental policies underlying solar development in the U.S. today, including the FERC Order 2006 interconnection model and the original 2005 increment of the federal ITC to 30%.

Mr. Murchie has served on the Boards of a number of solar advocacy organizations.

Mr. Murchie graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Policy, Management and Human Dimensions, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Speaking Engagements

  • 2017 SEIA Corporate Goes Solar: Trends and Perspectives on Offsite Renewable C&I Procurement
  • 2017 Solar Power Southeast: Meeting Corporate Demand for Solar Energy
  • 2017 Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit: Getting Started: Markets, Contracts, Technology & Team
  • Maryland Clean Energy Summit:  Government & Institutional Customer – Regulatory Decrees panel
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Electricity Advisory Committee Meeting 2014 – Distributed Resource Integration Panel
  • SEIA Webinar, State Solar Series: Maryland – Highlights of MD Legislative, Regulatory, and Tax Issues (Overview of the Maryland solar market, a legislative and regulatory update, and addresses current tax laws in Maryland)
  • Solar Power International 2013: Solar Finance
  • MDV-SEIA Solar Focus 2013 Panel: Managing SREC Volatility
  • PV America 2013- Panel: Shared Solar: Creating Universal Access to Solar Energy
  • Distributed Solar East 2012: Panel: Distributed Solar Developers/Aggregators’ Perspectives on Managing and Financing Company Growth
  • Plus, regular speaker on solar policy and markets panels at industry conferences since the early 2000’s.


Appointments and Industry Leadership Positions

2012 COG Climate Energy and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC)

MDV-SEIA Board of Directors

NYSEIA Board of Directors

Recent Blog Posts

What Emilio Estevez Can Teach Us About Solar’s Residual Value

PJM Capacity Performance: Hochi Juhotchi, or Kagamoosha? (Co-written by Jen Williams)

Trapped in the Down Elevator? A New Perspective on the Net Metering Debate

Beyond the Meter: Remote Solar on the Horizon?